Supply Chain and Logistics Consultants

Here at Dawson Consulting we strive for one thing, improving your Supply Chain! Whether that be through effective warehouse design, more effective transport modes or a sound distribution network we have a team of consultants who can help you.

 

Supply Chain and Logistics Consultants with a pragmatic approach to solving issues throughout the Supply Chain. Now part of Logistics Bureau.

Less is More: Your Warehouse Process Improvement Mantra

Repeat after me … “Less is More, Less is More”. This is the mantra which should constantly be running through your mind like an earworm when you’re looking for ways to improve warehouse processes. If that doesn’t work, try “Simplification, Simplification, Simplification” or … whatever helps. The vital point is this: if you want warehouse process improvement, you need to eliminate complexity and get rid of steps which add no value to your goods or services.   Hands Off for Value Most warehouse processes involve the physical handling of materials, part-finished, or finished goods. In these processes, complexity can be thought of in terms of touches; the number of times man or MHE comes into physical contact with inventory. Reducing touches therefore, is one of the most effective approaches to warehouse process improvement. There are many ways in which you might remove the amount of times a pallet, carton, or other unit of inventory is handled. Cross-docking is a typical example … Do all your inbound goods need to be unloaded, put away, picked and assembled for dispatch? Consider for instance, whether some fast-moving goods might be left on inbound trailers, then unloaded when required and transferred straight onto your customer-bound vehicles. This is the fundamental principle of cross-docking. While you might not be able to handle all your inventory in this way, cross-docking even one or two products will greatly reduce touches and speed up your warehouse receiving, replenishment, picking, and dispatch processes. Or try drop-shipping slow movers … Perhaps you’re handling slow-moving products which with a little supplier-cooperation, your team might not need to touch at all.... read more

3 Inventory Management Ills that Inflate Supply Chain Costs

Inventory management is complex, much more so than its moniker suggests or than many management teams might perceive. That’s why there are few small and medium-sized organisations that aren’t making some inventory management mistakes and paying the price of doing so. Many of these inventory management ills are less than obvious, so there’s no shame in failing to notice them, but to know about them and fail to address them—now that would be a shame indeed.   3 Hidden Inventory Management Ills The aim of this post is to shed light on three common, but not necessarily obvious inventory management ills, which might be inflating your supply chain costs. With a little attention, these ills can be spotted and cured, saving money for your business and potentially improving service and supply chain performance.   1. Manual Inventory Management Processes It wasn’t long ago that automated inventory management would have been out of the question for smaller businesses. Today though, there is really no need for your procurement, warehouse, or logistics teams to struggle with cumbersome processes managed via a mountain of paper forms and records. Thanks to cloud technology in particular, sophisticated yet simple-to-use inventory control solutions can automate many of your inventory management tasks without the need for a hefty IT budget or in-house team of technology experts. If your people are managing inventory with manual methods, even those based largely on Excel spreadsheets, you’re missing out on opportunities, not only to manage inventory more effectively and hence reduce carrying costs, but also to save money on the management activity itself. This is perhaps less of an inventory... read more